Famous Blue Raincoat – R.I.P. Leonard Cohen


I heard the news this morning of the death, at the age of 82, of the great Leonard Cohen (above). The media are full of appreciations of his work and comments from admirers. I can add very little except that so many of the comments I’ve seen on social media have described his death as like the loss of an old friend, which is exactly how I feel.  He often dealt with dark and troubling themes, but always with defiant humour instead of despair: “There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”.

Sadly the light has gone out, this time for good. At least he will live on in our hearts through his music, though sadly he won’t live to win the Nobel Prize for Literature (which I think he deserved more than Bob Dylan).

As a tribute here is what I think is his best song, Famous Blue Raincoat

Rest in Peace, Leonard Cohen (1934-2016).


P.S. I don’t mind telling you that I’ve just about had enough of 2016.





6 Responses to “Famous Blue Raincoat – R.I.P. Leonard Cohen”

  1. angeltownsend Says:

    When music has been pretty much getting me through this week (thanks radio 3) this came out of the blue. Confess though that I have enjoyed reading the tributes and quotes that have managed to push other darker materials out of my timeline. Enjoyed reading your contribution and think Dylan may even agree. Music can never really be a competition.

  2. and this is a brilliant song

  3. never quite get to the bottom of it

  4. On PM on Radio 4 when Dylan won the Nobel, some reporter said something along the lines of “They don’t award it posthumously, so they’ll have to get a move on if they want to give it to Joni Mitchell or Leonard Cohen.” I said at the time that that was in rather bad taste, but also that I would have thought either of them more deserving.

  5. Rest In Peace Leonard Cohen.

    For me, the biggest gift is to have an appreciation of music. That means to listen, grow and understand the many different cultures and sounds. Musicians have the talent to create, to share and bring joy. Do they deserve a prize? I think yes. Leonard Cohen picked up quite a few along the way. I am sure he would agree in saying that, the ability to bring peace and contentment to his audience is the biggest prize of all.

    Through this blog, I have been able to expand my musical knowledge. It is a dark place, but at the same time quite illuminating!
    Thank you.

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